Newham man found guilty of Oxford Street night bus sexual assault
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A Newham man who sexually assaulted a woman on a bus in Westminster has been found guilty.
Shah Ahmed, 34, of Ethel Road, Custom House, was convicted on October 8 following a two-day trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court.
The incident happened in the early hours of October 27 last year on a N25 bus travelling along Oxford Street where the 25-year-old victim was travelling home from a night out.
During the journey Ahmed sexually assaulted her by constantly rubbing himself against her.
An investigation identified Ahmed from CCTV footage and arrested three weeks later before being charged in January this year.
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Acting supt of the RPTC, Andrew Johnstone, said: “Sexual assaults on the transport network will not be tolerated and anyone who commits such offences will be caught and prosecuted.
“If someone has made you feel uncomfortable on your bus journey, however minor it may seem to you, reporting it to police can help us target the perpetrator and prevent it happening to another passenger.”
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A multi-agency initiative involving the Metropolitan Police, British Transport Police, City of London Police and Transport for London, known as Project Guardian, has been working to improve the levels of reporting among victims of sexual offences and create an environment on the capital’s transport network which does not tolerate intimidation and sexual harassment.
Siwan Hayward, TfL’s deputy director of enforcement and on-street operations, said: “We care about our passengers and every journey they make and do not tolerate unwanted sexual behaviour or crime of any kind on our transport network so I am pleased this offender has been found guilty for his grossly unpleasant, and completely unacceptable crime.”
Ahmed has been bailed to re-attend Snaresbrook Crown Court for sentencing on December 1.